Alright, m’ladies and m’lords, Sers and Maesters, wildlings and Stone Men, let’s all gather round for some fun musings on our favorite Westerosi for tonight’s Game of Thrones series finale! We’ve put together some invitation inspiration for some of our favorite characters on the show, so please let us know which one is your favorite by sharing and commenting below. I promise that Red Weddings only refer to color schemes, and no one will be letting Arya bake any of the cakes…..(too soon?!).
A few months ago, I went on a little Instagram rant about using stock art in your invitation designs. Turns out, a lot of you had questions or thoughts on the topic, so I wanted to delve into this a little further. There’s a whole section on this in our Invitation Design Guide, of course, but here are the basics of why I absolutely LOVE stock art, and am not ashamed to admit it!Read More
Peace out Girl Scout
Thank u, next
Okay okay, all joking aside, “you’re too expensive” is the WORST thing to hear.
It sucks for a few reasons:Read More
There are so many upsides to there being more creatives out there, because in general, the creative world is still a little backwards. As artists, we’re often not taken seriously, and our value is only apparent if we’re famous or dead, it seems, so the more successful creative businesses there are, the better we do as a whole. However, there is a downside to welcoming new businesses - and that’s competition.
Competition sounds scary to a lot of people - and I hear this often in my Coaching Sessions. “There’s so much competition,” “They always go with someone cheaper,” “This other photographer keeps stealing my clients”, but the truth is that competition can be so much more than that!Read More
Where to even start with this one? I truly feel like part of the family with Zibby + JT, after working with them for over two years now. This was my first invitation suite for an international destination wedding, and it was in Tuscany, which is my home abroad. I lived in Florence for several months and haven’t gotten the olive oil out of my system since, so painting a mini Duomo and Ponte Vecchio for this couple was one of my favorite moments of Design by Laney. More Italian weddings, per favore!Read More
Seating charts, escort cards, place cards, all the different terminology can get really confusing! Sometimes it feels like you’d be better off just doing an open seating wedding - what can go wrong, right? We’re all family here! Well…in fact, a lot of things can go wrong! The politics of wedding seating have become the typical gag in movies and sitcoms everywhere, but for good reason - those relationships are always complicated. Having a seating chart can help you navigate the icy waters between Aunt Cindy and Cousin John, and well…..it can help you in a lot of other ways too….Read More
It’s about time we blogged this particular wedding from 2017! It’s absolutely one of our favorites we ever worked on, and this suite still blows my mind sometimes - it’s hard to believe I was lucky enough to create something so fun and unique!Read More
Creating your first website is one of the most daunting tasks for new business owners, and I was no exception. I had it on my to-do list for months before I even started to work on it. Once I decided to leave my “day job” and take Design by Laney full time, I knew that the website was the first big task to conquer, so I finally got to work! No matter how annoying and difficult the website process can be, the only part I regret is not starting it sooner - so if you’re hesitating for any reason whatsoever, let me be the one to tell you to stop hesitating, and just do it!Read More
Another real wedding to share today, and this one has a special place in my heart! Desiree and Michael just exude kindness and positivity in every single interaction I have with them - both of them would separately wish me well if I posted about being sick on Instagram, for instance (yep, even the groom!!!). You just know two beautiful souls like that are in for a wonderful, happy marriage together! The fact that it also happened to be a Pinterest dream is just an added bonus! All of these phenomenal photos are courtesy of the amazing Jenna Joseph (and you can read more of D + M's love story on her blog).Read More
YAY - you're planning a wedding! Are you stressed already just thinking about it? Don't be - this can be a fun process if you do it the right way, and we are here to help with all of those tough parts. We always recommend creating your guest list as the first step, because this helps everything else fall into place. You can't really make any decisions on venue, date, or even budget until you know how many guests to expect at your wedding, but the guest list can prove to be one of the trickiest parts (especially once you get the moms involved). We've compiled some tips and tricks to help make this part of the process a little easier, so you can move on to the fun parts!Read More
Biting our nails, chewing loudly, talking too much - we’ve all got bad habits. We hope they don’t negatively affect our lives, and for the most part, habits are forgivable, but when it comes to your business, there are plenty of bad habits that might be keeping you down! With over 50% of businesses not making it to their 5th year, we want to avoid any of those negative tendencies we can. So check yourself before you wreck yourself…okay, maybe we’re too old to say that, but you get the picture - here are our 10 Worst Habits for a Small Business Owner!Read More
Today’s my 28th Birthday, and It’s been almost 7 years since I graduated from college, a bubbly, outgoing 21-year-old with dreams of a husband and babies and not really a whole lot else. Like most of us do, I’ve changed, and in some surprising ways. 6 1/2 of those 7 years have been spent working from home. I started at AT&T, where I worked out of my home office and telecommuted in for meetings. At max, there were a few months where I was going into the office 2-3 times per week.
Then I quit to start my own company and moved across the country. Here, I purposely chose not to root Design by Laney in the local wedding industry, anticipating our second move, which is now happening in a few months. In Denver…who knows how things will shake out?Read More
“It’s just a piece of paper.”
“It’ll just get thrown in the trash.”
“Why would I pay that much for a few pieces of paper?”
How many times have we all heard these things? Heck, I used to find myself thinking these things when I first started out - “Wow, that quote is high...do I really think they’ll pay that for invitations?” Well, as my business and countless others have proved, the answer is yes. Very, very yes! But only if you truly understand the value you’re bringing to the table.Read More
Usually combining two of your favorite things leads to something even better - that’s exactly what happened with this shoot. When Carly of Carly Marie Events called to say she had a Brunch Wedding idea for a shoot, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I actually planned a brunch wedding back when I was still a wedding planner, so I loved this idea. Mimosa bars, shrimp and grits, beautiful morning light - all of the best things in the same event!Read More
It’s no secret that we’re traveling way more than out parents ever did - over 60% of millennial families say they’ve been on an international trip in the last year. The same trend rings true in the wedding industry, with many sources showing that international destination weddings are on the rise. Destination wedding are all great, but we have a particular love for international weddings outside of the US - if you’re considering hosting an international wedding, we say get those passports ready! Here’s everything we love about weddings outside of the United States…Read More
I get pitch emails from new companies ALL. THE. TIME. Typically it’s a new wedding marketplace, blog, or resource of some sort that someone is starting, to help “change the wedding industry for good”. Or something like that. I see it all over the place from other wedding vendors too, though, and it’s capital-T The. Worst. Here’s an example I received today, word for word:Read More
Happy Thursday everyone! Today, we’ve partnered with Pilot Pen to bring you a super-simple DIY tutorial for watercolor dip place cards! The ombre watercolor look has been one of the most popular trends for weddings and events lately, and once I started testing out Pilot’s Watercolor Brush Pens, I knew this was the perfect fit for them.Read More
Wax seals are basically icing on top of a gorgeous wedding invitation cake. I mean, if that icing is shiny and perfect, and somehow modern chic and organic vintage all at the same time. They’re our most requested Suite upgrade, by far,, and the piece that every one of my Holiday Card recipients gushes over (so that’s gotta mean something, right?). Today, we’ll walk you through the world of wax seals, how to create them, where to find them, and how to make the most of them on your stationery.Read More
We’re concluding our All About series by chatting about the piece that ties everything together - literally. One upgrade that we love to finish off a wedding invitation suite is some type of wrap. This helps add that finishing touch that makes your guests feel like they're opening a present (because they are!). There are so many options here, we’ll structure the post a little differently and talk about the most common ones. Read on to find out the best wrap for you!Read More